Rayagada: A district-level work plan has been framed to prevent and prohibit child marriage as well as empowerment of adolescents in Rayagada district.
The task force was formed under the chairmanship of District Collector and District Nodal Officer for Prohibition of Child Marriage, Pramod Kumar Behera.
The meeting was organised jointly by District Administration, District Child Protection Unit, Rayagada, Action Aid Association and UNICEF, Odisha office. The work plan focused to create awareness, rescue and rehabilitation mechanisms for children to prevent child labour and child marriage issues.
Dropout and irregular schooling are leading children to become child labour and supporting child marriage situation. The work plan addressed on escort fees for the children coming from more than 1 KM and 3 KMs for Primary and Upper Primary schooling.
In this meeting, child protection mechanism, social security, child health institutions, child education and child marriage are the main agendas for discussion. No child should be out of school and ensuring protections for children and adolescents both at household, community and institution level may ensure safe childhood.
Departments like police, education, skill development, social security, health, sports and youth services, SC and ST development, Women & Child Development and Mission Shakti took the responsibilities to create awareness at the community level so that every person can have the knowledge on bad impact and insecurity of child labour and child marriage.
It is also decided that, the age bar should not be limited to 18 years in case of girl and 21 years in case of boy, if they are interested to involve themselves in skill development or higher education they should be promoted and they should decide their age of marriage so that an economically sound environment be established. For this community and society should encourage the adolescents and youth masses.